If you notice fine red (or sometimes purple) lines running haphazardly under the skin of your face or legs, you should get checked for spider veins. These tiny capillaries run close to the surface of the skin, and may be the culprit behind pain in your legs or a burning sensation when you stand for too long. Here’s how you can get better.
Step 1: Drink Water
A simple exercise is to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated every day. Dehydration causes water and fluid retention, which increase the appearance of spider veins.
Step 2: Eat Right
A diet that’s rich in fiber and low in salt is the way to go. Load up on fibrous fruits and vegetables that run the whole spectrum of colors, in order to gain adequate nutrition and keep your digestion in check. The antioxidants will prevent any potential damage to the blood vessels and also support collagen production.
Step 4: Consult A Doctor (Procedure 1)
Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for spider veins, where a concentration of saline is injected into the veins to make them shrink. This procedure generally takes three to six weeks and eliminates the appearance of spider veins altogether (in most cases). While they will not reappear, new ones cannot be prevented.
Step 5: Consult A Doctor (Procedure 2)
Laser treatment is another option, but it’s not be quite as effective for larger, more prominent veins. With a focused beam of light, the laser eliminates the appearance of your veins over four to six weeks. This treatment is for those with a mild case of spider veins.
Now that you know all of your options, remember that most factors that contribute to spider veins are out of your control—genes, hormonal changes, blood clots. The few ways that you can help yourself on a daily basis is by maintaining a healthy body-weight and not standing for unusually long periods.